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Alabama Average Medical Malpractice Settlement

Because our lawyers handle cases in different jurisdictions, I have a keen interest in average verdicts and settlements in different states. The dynamics of every state is different.

I found this data from the Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter providing average malpractice verdict data in Alabama for 2005:
 

Statewide totals Medical Trials Win-Loss % Aggregate Verdicts Plaintiff’s Average Average
Statewide totals 142 43-99 30.3% $63,825,318 $1,484,309 $449,474
Statewide Adjusted Total (Less the largest result $14,500,000 Case No. 638) 141 42-99 29.8% $49,325,318 $1,174,412 $349,824
Jefferson County only 43 14-29 32.6% $18,775,299 $1,341,092 $436,634
State excluding Jefferson County 99 29-70 29.3% $45,050,019 $1,553,448 $455,050
Death Verdicts Only 66 9-57 13.6% $40,825,000 $4,536,111 $615,560
Non-Death Verdicts only 76 34-42 44.7% $23,000,318 $676,479 $302,635

So, essentially, the average medical malpractice lawsuit in Alabama that went to trial was $449,474 overall with plaintiff’s winning 30.3% of trials. In trials won by Plaintiff, the average verdict was $1,484,309. (In case this is not clear, the former statistic includes in the average malpractice cases that were lost.

It is very interesting to learn that wrongful death medical malpractice plaintiffs prevailed in only 13.6% of cases and living (presumably unless they died of an unrelated cause before trial) medical malpractice plaintiffs won 44.7% of their cases. But medical malpractice lawyers in Alabama deciding whether to take on a case should note that the average plaintiff’s verdict in wrongful death malpractice cases in Alabama is $4,536,111.